The Welsh international got forward from left-back and nodded into the net after an aerial scramble in the six yard box during the second half of our 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
However, with Harry Kane adjudged to have been off-side and having attempted to win the ball before it fell for Ben, the goal didn’t stand.
Reflecting on the incident, the well-spoken defender admitted it would have been nice to get on the scoresheet but said he was more concerned with keeping Alan Pardew’s men out at the other end over the course of the game.
“I think I got a bit excited getting in the box to start with!” he joked. “The ball fell kindly for me and it wasn’t a bad finish, but it wasn’t to be in the end.
“If you do get into the box as a defender then it’s a bonus if you can pick up a goal here or there, but I think defending is the primary focus for me and I’m glad we kept a clean sheet today.”
struck soon after Ben’s disallowed goal to give us the lead, with the 22-year-old left-back praising the whole team for their character as we made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League following last weekend’s triumph at Sunderland.
“It was a bit of a battle at times,” he said. “When you don’t take your opportunities when you’re on top of the game early on, it does get tough, but today we really showed great team spirit and worked as a unit to get the win.”